London Film Festival 1989-2017: An Index

Because Films Inspire... some sort of hideous trainspotter impulse, apparentlyI started going to the London Film Festival in 1989, and I've been there every year since. Thanks to a combination of Spank Gold articles (after-the-fact writeups of the 1989-1997 festivals), reposts (pieces written for the old site between 1998 and 2005) and live blogging (since 2006), I've got a record of every single film I've seen at those Festivals.

Trying to pick your way through all of those is obviously going to be hellish, hence the index below. Similar to the equivalent index I've assembled for the Edinburgh Festival, each year links to the relevant piece on that particular LFF, including a roughly chronological list of what I saw (plus, of course, any additional films reviewed by Spank's Pals). As a bonus, you get a thumbnail-sized history of programme cover designs.

This will be updated each year after the LFF, so most of the time this page should be resident at the top of the LFF folder on the site. Have yourselves a good old browse through, and try not to think too hard about how much the tickets for all this lot have cost me over the last couple of decades.

[updated 03/11/2017 to include 2017 reviews]

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Spank's LFF Diary: The Wrap Party 2017

Dear Clare. Liked the new postcards for 2017. Next year, can we have one that says CHUNDER too? Best wishes, Spank xAs noted elsewhere, I saw a total of 39 things at the 2017 London Film Festival. And using the now-infamous programme category system (this year commemorated with a set of free postcards), here's how they break down:

- Headline Galas: 1
- Flare Special Presentation: 1
- Official Competition: 1 (not the winner, that was Loveless)
- First Feature Competition: 1 (not the winner, that was The Wound)
- Documentary Competition: 1 (not the winner, that was Kingdom Of Us)
- Love: 3
- Debate: 1
- Laugh: 4
- Dare: 5
- Thrill: 5
- Cult: 3
- Journey: 6
- Create: 5
- Screen Talks: 1
- Uncategorised VR Events: 1

So, apparently, the sort of things I like best are "films to transport you and shift your perspective," a description so woolly they didn't even make a postcard for it. As for which individual films were the best and worst, I'll tell you that in a few paragraphs time. First up, though, here's The Belated Birthday Girl to tell you about what she liked. Including a spectacular video bonus!

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